No traffic survey in city since 2009


KARACHI: Negligence of bureaucracy in Karachi could be judged from the fact that the traffic department of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)has not conducted any traffic survey in last six years, though the city is considered as a textbook example of urban traffic congestion in the world.

Traffic congestion in Karachi has been worsening with every passing day, but the government has failed to address this crucial issue as Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) Transport Department had stopped conducting its surveys in the city which were related to traffic since 2009, says an official.

KMC Transport Department whose responsibility is to address the issues of traffic in the metropolis through proper surveys on roads and streets to find out workable solutions to traffic jams has not carried out any survey in the city after 2009, said Transport Department’s Additional Director Research and Survey Ashfaque Ahmed Mahesar.

Talking to reporter, he said they are authorized to carry out surveys on illegal encroachments, illegal parking, absence of road markings, poor condition of roads, sewerage and water line issues on roads that are creating hindrance into smooth flow of traffic. He said after such a survey they have to submit their proposals based on their findings and research. In this way their suggested solutions to these issues are sent to the respective departments so as they could be resolved. He said no any survey has been conducted by his department since 2009. However, he did not mention the reasons for not carrying out these surveys.

Mahesar said it is very important to conduct the surveys to address the issues. He said much awaited reforms could also be brought on the basis of new research on traffic system in the city.

It has been observed that almost all roads in Karachi have no proper land markings about pedestrian rights, zebra crossing, speed limit, alert signs as well as no parking zones. A large number of encroachments are present along busy roads and streets causing traffic jams and creating trouble for motorists, commuters and pedestrians in the city.